"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease." "Wellness is the active process of becoming aware and of making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life [...] a dynamic process of change and growth." -World Health Organization The Southland Health and Wellness Hour podcast meets at the intersection of health and wellness to discuss healthcare with an eye uniquely focused on South Chicago and its southern suburbs.

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Welcome to the Southland Health and Wellness Hour podcast, and audio series focused on the healthcare and holistic concerns most important in Chicago's south side and southern suburbs.  Together with community members and healthcare experts, we're re-thinking, re-framing, and re-making important conversations about our community healthcare with community wellness as our goal.  Community participation is key at the SHWH podcast.  Our dialogues are driven by you.  To ask questions or share your experiences, send us an email: communitymedia@govst.edu.


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Dr. Tonya Roberson is Director of Community Engagement, Program Development, and Academic Support and an adjunct faculty member at Governors State University.


Covid-19 Series 1. What is the Problem & its Impact



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Dr. Karriem Watson, Director of Community Engaged Research and Implementation Science at the University of Illinois Cancer Center, and Instructor, UIC School of Public Heath, Community Health Sciences

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Christina Ruiz Williams, graduate student at Governors State University.

Covid-19 Series 2. Who Does it Impact the Most and Why? A Discussion about Racism and Discrimination (Coming soon!)

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Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director of  People for Community Recovery, Chicago, IL

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Dr. Lolita Cleveland, Founder/CEO of CRUMB Enterprises, Chicago, IL

Covid-19 Series 3. Are We All in this Together? The Importance of Participating in Biomedical Research(Coming Soon!)

Ashley McKinney

Ashley McKinney, Mobile Unit Coordinator at the University of Chicago Institute of Population and Precision Health (IPPH), Chicago, IL

Janice Knox

Janice Knox, Lead Community Ambassador, The University of Chicago Institute of Population and Precision Health (IPPH), Chicago, Illinois

Covid-19 Series 4: Your health, why it is a number one priority. How can you be an advocate of your own health? (Coming Soon!)

Janice Philips

Dr. Janice Phillips, Associate Professor, Department of Community Systems and Mental Health Nursing College of Nursing, Rush University,  Chicago, Illinois

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Phyllis L. Rodgers, Founder & President of Peer Plus Education & Training Advocates